US Airways Attendants File Lawsuit

US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight
Attendants, CWA/AFL-CIO, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court
for the Western District of Pennsylvania to prevent airline management
from executing an illegal process in the involuntary furlough of 552
flight attendants.
“The jobs and livelihoods of people are at stake,” said AFA US Airways
Master Executive Council President Perry Hayes. “AFA will fight with all
legal means necessary to protect the US Airways flight attendants from
this kind of blatant disregard for our contract and rights.”

At the same time US Airways management has made a public spectacle of
asking for employee cooperation in turning the airline around, it has set
off this clash over furloughs, which also comes on the heels of
management- initiated disputes over the flight attendant reserve system,
sick leave, medical benefits, and cuts in the amount of time flight
attendants are credited for working.

In December, US Airways management announced that it was involuntarily
furloughing 552 flight attendants. According to the collective bargaining
agreement between AFA and US Airways, before flight attendants are
involuntarily furloughed, the airline must first offer a voluntary
furlough. Once, during a furlough in June 2003, management attempted to
by-pass the voluntary process, but was ultimately forced to follow the
contract after an arbitrator ruled in favor of the flight attendants in an
expedited process.
“Management seems to be unnecessarily creating problems with its workers
at a very delicate time for the airline,” Hayes said. “Hopefully US
Airways management will work with us instead of against us in resolving
this major dispute. That will clear the way to finally resolve the
management problems that are preventing this airline from turning around
and winning the support of its workers.”

More than 45,000 flight attendants, including the 5,200 flight attendants
at US Airways, join together to form AFA, the world`s largest flight
attendant union.